Oct 11

How to Read with Music

I can’t say why, but music and reading have always gone hand in hand for me. I find that I can read for longer times and enjoy the book more when there is music that goes along with it. I’ve had friends comment, though, that they have never been able to read and listen to music at the same time. They claim that it’s too distracting and breaks their focus.


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Now I’ve never had a real hard time focusing on reading, but I understand the complaint, and here are some tips for being able to listen to music while reading.

  • Pick music with simple lyrics (or no lyrics at all). With all the talk of multi-tasking, your brain can really only concentrate on one thing at a time. To avoid distraction, don’t give your brain another set of words to decipher. If your mind is busy trying to figure out what “I need a photo-opportunity/I want a shot at redemption/Don’t want to end up a cartoon/In a cartoon graveyard” really means, then it’s going to find it hard to focus on the book you’re reading.
  • Pick music you already know. This goes along with the first tip. If the music you’re listening to is familiar, you won’t be trying to figure out what it’s saying. Plus, you won’t be trying to figure out if you like it or not while you’re also trying to read a book. Continue reading